The Federal Council would like Switzerland to continue its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol. Between now and 2020, it would like Switzerland to reduce its emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels. This objective is consistent with the aims of the CO2 Act. At a meeting today, the Federal Council adopted a dispatch to this effect for the attention of the Swiss parliament.
Switzerland has fulfilled the objective set for it in the Kyoto Protocol for the period 2008-2012, particularly through emission reduction measures taken within the country. The purchase of certificates abroad and the CO2 sink effect of the forests were also taken into account. “The target for 2013-2020 is more ambitious and demands the commitment of all of the sectors involved,” noted Bruno Oberle, Director of the Federal Office for the Environment, on 10 April 2014 in Bern.
On 3trd April 2014 map.geo.admin.ch, the map viewer of the geoportal of the Swiss Confederation has achieved at «Best of Swiss Web 2014» the 2nd rank in the categories «Technlogy» and «Publique affairs», the 3trd rank in the category «Mobile web» and the 4th rank in the nomination for the Master Award. Those awards habe been issued by the Swiss Internet Industry Association and Netzmedien AG and honor Web- and Mobil-technologies regarding transparency and quality standards in Switzerland.
Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), will visit Brazil accompanied by an economic and scientific delegation from 2 to 6 April. The purpose of the visit is to strengthen economic relations and intensify scientific exchange with Latin America by opening the first swissnex on the continent.
The Blue Diversion toilet, developed by Eawag - the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, together with the Vienna-based design firm EOOS, has been awarded the innovation prize for the best applied research by the International Water Association (IWA). Now the team is looking for an industrial partner and investors, so that Blue Diversion can be mass produced.